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Hunters in Vt. Have Successful Bear Season

Vermont’s bear hunting season ended a little over a month ago and officials are saying it was successful.
Vermont’s bear hunting season ended a little over a month ago and officials are saying it was a successful one.

Vermont Fish & Wildlife said hunters killed 557 black bears during the two-part season.

For the first time, the state implemented an early bear hunting season (September 1-November 15) and a late season (November 16-24) in order to improve the bear management program.

“The four-day extension was very helpful in achieving our goal of harvesting more bears,” said bear biologist Forrest Hammond.  “The 2013 harvest is close to our average annual total of 547 bears over the past ten years.  Participation in the early bear season was higher than anticipated, an indication that Vermonters are becoming increasingly interested in hunting this big game animal.”

Hammond says 306 bears were killed during the early season and 251 in the late season that overlapped with the November deer season. 

Hammond says the higher total in 2012 is due to a larger bear population and a shortage of fall foods in the woods.

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